Judiciary Committee: Equifax CEO will testify about breach at 2:30 - after he testifies in front of Senate Banking at 10am.
Intel: Not a hearing, but at 12:15 there will be an update on the Russia investigation.
Budget: FY18 Budget markup - opening statements only.
The talks on saving DACA recipients took a turn for the partisan this week when the president dined with GOP leaders the other night. Apparently his conversations with Chuck and Nancy seem by the by, and we're back to fighting against a secretive and partisan process. I haven't heard much more on this, but will keep you posted.
Still no word on how the market stabilization negotiations are going. We still expect to see something preliminary this week, but time is running out, especially for those states getting hit with major premium hikes.
There's a NYT article that reports today that it SEEMS like the majority of justices are in favor of limiting gerrymandering. The case they heard yesterday could be momentous for the 2018 elections. It will be decided in the spring.
There's already GOP bickering about this. They plan to do it through another budget resolution (why my life is so crazy this week), and there are already disputes about the things being cut, by how much, and how they affect the deficit and debt.
The latest rumblings I've heard are that Susan Collins doesn't want reconciliation at all for tax reform -- she'd rather write legislation the normal way, go through committee, hold hearings, etc. John McCain is also in favor of this, but he hasn't explicitly spoken out against reconciliation.
Lisa Murkowski wants Alaskan drilling, which she gets in this version of the budget resolution. John McCain and Susan Collins both oppose this.
Rand Paul says he won't vote on anything that increases the deficit.
Lindsey Graham says he won't vote for anything until healthcare is taken up again.
So -- it's a pickle, to say the least.
Loooots of drama this morning, thanks to Pro Publica. If you don't already follow these folks, you should. Here's what they've broken:
Ivanka and Jared have also been fined again for not submitting the rest of their ethics paperwork. I'm starting to think they're just going to take the menial fines so as not to submit the rest of things. Hopefully some good lawyer somewhere will realize this and file suit (Walter Shaub...hint, hint).
Just to keep a running tally, these are the Cabinet Secretaries (and their staffs) who are currently under investigation for fraudulent use of taxpayer money:
David Shulkin (I've heard his chief of staff will likely take the fall for his scandal)
I'm so glad we've got such bipartisan support for watchdog protection and Inspector Generals.....